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You’ve done the hard work to get your young driver their 120 hours of experience. You’ve gone through the dos and don’ts on the road and now those yellow ‘L’ plates have been replaced by shiny red ‘P’ plates.
Just because the learner plates have gone it doesn’t mean that your role should stop. Your young driver still looks to you for advice and guidance.
The first six months are the most dangerous time for young drivers so we’ve designed this website to help reduce their risks.
Just as parents are grappling with how to keep their kids safe on social media, schools are increasingly confronting a controversial question: Should they do more to monitor students' online interactions off-campus to protect them from dangers such as bullying, drug use, violence and suicide?
In his TED talk “The Demise of Guys”, Philip Zimbardo says by the time the average boy reaches the age of 21, he has played more than 10,000 hours of video games (mostly in isolation) and watches an average of 50 porn clips a week.
The world in which our sons are growing up looks almost nothing like the world in which we spent our childhood some 25–40 years ago.
Peter Mellow's insight:
Rob Cope is concerned about "leaving our sons alone to game and surf the web in isolation." If these activites are potentially dangerous, it is up to parents to sit with them and teach them the skills on how to do this activity in a safe way and responsibily. Don't just bemoan the fact and long for the past, bring your socail and moral responsibility as a parent into the present and work with them. Technology is not going to go away so use it for a positive force. Don't blame the tool, work out how to use it a better way.
To stay healthy, children and young people need to do at least an hour of physical activity - such as walking or cycling to school and running in the playground - every day. It can be done in small chunks rather than one session.
And that's not such a good thing. Today's kids are less fit than their parents were at the same age, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions, and that could mean health problems later on.
Peer pressure, celebrity culture and technology are to blame for our children growing up too soon according to parents surveyed in a recent study but the truth reveals a much greater change needed in our families.